Grateful Dead Live at Cumberland County Civic Center on 1985-03-31
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- 2004-03-31 11:41:22
- Portland, ME
It was during this time that shows were pure Grateful Dead. That means it was absolutely hit or miss.
When Jerry forgot the lyrics, I caution to say he made up for it through his playing and his voice.
There were nights when Phil would just be on fire. That always inspired memorable playing from the entire band.
Some nights we called them The Phil Lesh Band.
I saw them at CCCC '83,'85' & 86".
All Maine shows were great.
Subject: Yes Maine Maine Maine!
Subject: Maine, Maine, Maine
second set grabs you and doesn't let go starting at he's gone, with a cool drums/space... they kinda careen into playin' and day tripper takes everyone by surprise, erupting w/ applause... and the recording quality puts you right down on the floor... beautifully done.
easy 5 star and another killer maine show.
Subject: A Special Show
- just overall great vibe and my top 5 places to see the Dead
- Garcia not leaving the stage when they went into drums and stayed on stage for the entire 2nd set except for a brief time
- Day Tripper! Sure, a little sloppy but the place blew up when they hit those first notes. People freaked! It was great!
- One of the best He's Gone ever. This was one of the first time's when Garcia sang along to the notes as they went into the jam. First time I saw it but not the last but possibly the best.
- Didn't notice any issues with China Doll. Loved it.
- I love Miracle as a song but never quite sure the best place for it. This was a fine place for it since it was sandwhiched between greatness and was a rocking good time
- Don't forget 1st set - it was perfect!
- The drums and clapping - never seen anything like it before or after. Mind blowing drums/space
- The Wheel. Fucking great.
- The whole show was a special night in a very unique way
Subject: FANTASTIC SHOW but
Subject: Jerry's engaged
this is the *damndest* show...85 was certainly a wild year and the band took lots of chances; I've got to put this one in the same category with others from around this era that took real chances and just barely seemed to keep the train from completely derailing...we grin when the ride is over, but really out of relief than ecstasy (see 11/2/84 for a similarly weird, woozy, stomach-clenching journey)...
Set 1 - See here - Music starts rather mellow, but with this AUD you can hear the crowd egging them on...it's here when Bobby blows the "band beyond description" lyric and whattaya know, it's appropriate! Then the band lays into that gorgeous "lullaby" section in the middle and all is aligned right....
...but make no mistake, this is Jerry's set. Candyman, Loser, Dupree's - they're all absolutely perfect, lyrically soaring, emotionally exhausting. Jer is in full, 300+lb Refrigerator Perry '85 mode, voice unashamedly crooning in his best Fozzy Bear imitation, but damn if you don't get chills listening to his "shotgun" line in Candyman...or the band's collective triumph hitting the final chorus of Loser....or Brent's carnival slang dialed around Jer's insistent fret-wah-wah over Dupree's (isn't it just a darling treat when he nails all the lyrics to this one?!)...
...and then the weirdness starts. Set 2 I like watching over on youtube - there is an old, shaky, camcorder recording synched up to the sbd but it's defintiely watchable, not seasick-inducing. Iko starts very mellow but builds up nicely. It's Samson when Jerry really lets it fly - two absolutely shredding solos keep this show still in the 5-star water.
He's Gone is the big centerpiece of the show, and this is when watching the video pays off - you really just can't get the same effect merely listening to it - it's really about the lighting, something not usually referred to in a Dead show - throughout Jer is illuminated in this weird blue-white glow, slightly out of focus, keeping him just out of our reach and certainly in cosmic-Buddha territory...and when the vocal jam starts they manage to tear his *own* face right off...this is downright terrifying visual psychedelia, folks!
Nice to hear Miracle pre-drums...
...and then comes China Doll, taking a long time to constitute and never really landing right. It's as its own lyrics evoke - only fractured, a little nervous from the fall, and *still* somehow managing to evoke the emotion we usually take for granted...this is not a train wreck *per se* but we can see the sparks showering on the steel rails...the band may know how ungracefully they tried to land that particular plane and walk off the stage, save for one man, and that's Jerry. He tries in serious vain to get a jam going, the band wants nothing to do with it, so he does the musical equivalent of a shrug and stays onstage for what seems like *forever* to jam with the devils...it's been done before, those three, but goddamn - Jerry just POURS himself out there - he just *won't leave the stage*! He's then, yes, the first one back on and they simply skip Space and fly into the Wheel...
it's all no-guardrail vomit-comet from here on. The reverse Playin' is what it is, and you can see Phil frantically trying to connect with Bobby while they try to figure out just what the hell is going on out there. Day Tripper - clearly planned, and not remotely successful (although try telling that to the houselight-white illuminated crowd!) End of set.
US Blues encore is a rocket. A mint-condition after-dinner mint.
This show is definitely tough if you're unfamiliar with the band's 85 output and how many chances they took with the setlists throughout this year. It's an unfavorably dismissed and maligned year, because there are some exquisite musical moments to be found. So with shows like that I'm tempted to go a full five, but seeing how clearly lucky the band was in the end we got to call a spade a spade.
You'd be out of your mind to pass this one up, though.
Subject: bound to cover hey farfromme83 I mean you
Subject: Yet another solid '85 show
Things start off nicely with a great version of Music Never Stopped, featuring and extended jam. What a way to start the show! This is followed by a beautiful rendition of Candyman. Jerry sounds really good and growls out some of the lyrics. Bobby, however, is the star of this set. C.C. Rider, BIODTL and All Over Now are all excellently played an sung with passion. The Dupree's is a bit of a clunker with rough vocals but is always a nice surprise when played. The Don't Ease ends the set on a high note.
Set two of this show is very solid with almost every song being a highlight. The lone exception is a brutal China Doll which is embarrassing to listen to. The set gets off to a great start with a rollicking Iko Iko. This version is incredibly bouncy with great singing and playing. Garcia is really into it and belts out the lyrics with enthusiasm. One of the best versions I've heard. They keep the energy going with a solid Samson that features some fiery Garcia leads. A soulful He's Gone follows which quickly settles into a spirited Miracle. What comes next is truly awful. The transition out of Miracle is really pretty but Jerry prematurely launches into a pathetic China Doll that is a complete train wreck. It is way off tempo and they rush through it awkwardly. Not only that, but the vocals are cringe inducing except for the harmonies. Thankfully they rescue themselves with a nice lengthy jam before going into the Drums>Space portion of the set. After the Wheel they go into a Playin' reprise and oddly enough decide to sing all of the verses. I've never heard them do this before and it's a nice treat. After Playin' the shock the crowd with the debut of Day Tripper. Although not perfect, this is a rousing romp and the crowd is going nuts. The band is clearly enjoying themselves and finish the set off on a great note.
Subject: a quarter cent.
My first show. First time on the bus. Other One would have made perfect sense, but really, can you argue when it opened with Music Never Stopped and ended with Day Tripper?
This recording is by far the most effective of bringing back the feel of that night of the few I have heard.
25 years ago tonight. Very nice. Life took a left turn for the better.
Subject: Hitchin on 95
Subject: Jaws dropped at this one
I have to say that the energy and playing is really something during the 1st sets and warrants a close listen. The Music Never Stopped opener may be the best they played since the late 70's.
Interesting choice for the closer after AON, but it works.
Set two starts off good, not nearly as intense as the first set but I agree with many that the mid part of this set is the must listen to. The China Doll is a little rough, with Jerry's voice and the timing, but then what happens afterwards was, and is still to this day, a shock.
Jerry stays on the stage for the entire drums, he would not do this again until the fall of '94. It is more of a cerebral trance like exploration, than of Jerry dominating the music, and it is very cool to listen to.
Actually the clapping from the crowd during the space reflects how locked in we all got during this piece of music.
The post space is good with rolling Wheel and Bobby throws a curve ball by doing a Playin' Reprise and then singing the first verses of PITB and then they dropped into Day Tripper and you can hear the collected awe that swelled over the crowd.
Easily one of the bands more crazy fun moments.
If you are wondering who is that saying thanks before US Blues, it is none other than Jerry who clearly had a ball this night as did we.
Subject: Looking for Biff Chandler
Subject: Great Show
Subject: Mom's first show!
We made our way through the crush at the gates and after getting our tics torn, the first person we encounter is a very waaaay out there head. "Doses, shrooms, mescaline?" he announces his inventory to us. Needless to say I split from my folks to meet my friends. After the show they told me they made it through the 1st set.
I think this show was in the top 3 of the spring 85 tour. Interest more than 20 years later seems to bear this out. The second set gets most of the credit but I urge first timers to listen to the first set, in particular the first five tunes. Check out the way they ease into the Music opener, the first and only one they played on the east coast that spring. As other reviewers have said, very laid back. The real highlight, of the first set and maybe the whole show is Candyman. Really, I'm not exagerating. Jerry is showing off his best voice of the tour. This is the post 82 growl, but he has learned to use it to great effect. Listen to the "If I had a shotgun.." section and scream along with us. He takes the song to a second amazing climax and then drops us in for a soft landing. It is the first Candyman since Oct of 84 and a real tour de force. The CC Rider, Loser, Beat it sequence is also hot as can be.
I found my crew in time to prepare appropriately for the 2nd set. The Aiko opener was the 1st of the tour, and announced loud and clear that Jerry was still very pumped up. Pretty much the entire second set is a "must listen." I love the end of He's Gone. We sang and clapped in time with the band. Jerry scatts like he's at a sunday prayer meeting. When they wind it up and explode into Miracle the whole Civic Center erupted. This recording captures this very clearly. I remember the Drums/Space as one long jam, with Jerry staying on stage for all but a minute or two. I never saw this before or after Portland. Very cool.
The first east coast Day Tripper was actually a bit sloppy but no one cared. Listen to the crowd and imagine all of the lights coming on for the "AAAAHHH" chorus. We screamed as one entity, bonded together forever. Really, it was very heavy. To top it off we exited to a spring snow storm!
Now that I have the privilege of time and the Archive, I recognize this as one of the highlights of my concert going career. Super cool venue, great crowd, band on fire, everything was right. I entered the show with my Mom and finished with my best friends. We were on pilgrimage, trying to find our way in the world. The path I walk today is undeniably influenced by these incredible experiences with the Dead. Portland in spring of 85 was a life changer. And one final note, this is an exceptional recording. Hats off to the Oades.
Subject: 3-31-85 Portland: Oade's Audience Master
A very high energy show, but some struggling to get through songs with the words and tempo intact. It was G.A. seating, so you could go anywhere, but it was too crowded on the floor for me after a while. I spent the intermission looking for a place to spend the second set, but I left for the aisle as soon as they opened with my first Aiko. I danced wildly, bouncing off the walls, and during Samson & Delilah, I thought we might actually tear that building down. The He's Gone>Miracle>China Doll troika was great fun (check out the crowd reaction during "nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile") in the hallways outside the doors to the seats, we kept propping as many doors open as possible to let the sound fill the place, as security tried to close them, and bewildered concession stand workers (nobady was buying the popcorn and soda...) watched the dancing crowd of freaks form a swirl of tie-dyed colors, and kind /patchouli smells.
The Jam at the end of He's Gone, into Miracle is one of the best ever! Too bad these file programs put a cut between songs. It doesn't hurt to put a break between Samson and He's Gone, because there's really no transition there. But to put a cut in that jam is a musical sin!
I remember Jerry not leaving stage during drums, and the tapers' section did a light show on the ceiling with their flashlights during space, and the audience started clapping in a complex beat, spontaneously. It was just a trippy night, where everything seemd sparkly and touched by some sort of magic dust.
The explanation I heard for the Playin' Reprise preceding the Playin', is that the song had been started in Long Island, and was completed in Portland.
Those first few notes of Day Tripper will always stick in my mind. Never forget that feeling. Amazing. That place went nuts. To hear Jerry's guitar ringing those notes. "It took me so long to find out. But I found out!"
Walking out of the Cumberland County Civic Center into a world coated in 4" of fresh snowball snow was another amazing experience that night.
great tour...jerry loaded...really good times 85 was...
Subject: Fun Daytripper
Subject: Nothing is out of the realm of possibilities when it comes
I remember hearing reprise coming and thinking...they haven't played the 1st part yet and then when they did the first part it was,"oh well, whatever." and then Phil started the DT it was GOLDEN...If anything the show exemplifies the band's willingness to take risk and flow with the mood.
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Ill bee downloading when I come around the mountain for sure! this one sounds great get while you can for sure.
Subject: someone pleaser
Subject: Great AUD
Subject: How sweet it is!
Subject: What a gift
Subject: My favorite show ?
Jerry was on stage for practically the entire 2nd set, except for maybe 1 or 2 minutes. After the superbly delicate China Doll and a bit of a jam, everyone left the stage except the drummers (can't recall Mickey was off or not), and Jerry stayed, noodling and hitting some really cool spaces with nice effects. It was beautiful. Billy is playing a slow, tribal, repetetive beat, ending each phrase or whatever with a hit to a wide hanging drum right behind his head. On the recording, you can hear the crowd cheer after this Thump. The reason was the when it was time to hit that big hanging drum, Billy did it by flinging his head back to hit the drum. A lot of people were cracking up, including me :-)
20th Anniversary is coming up soon. Wow.
Subject: This is why audience tapes rule
The whole show is solid but its the opening two songs and everything from china doll to the end of the set that stand out. The first east coast day tripper was pure pandemonium. Never before or since have I scene and audience react with like that. The lights were on the crowd for the ahhhhh, ahhhhh, ahhhh ahhhhhhs and everyone was cheering at the top of their lungs with their arms up in the air.
We came out of the show into a near whiteout spring snowstorm, but I would not have trade the beaches in Dayton and Ft Lauderdale with any of my classmates in a million years.
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Also, it's great to hear the crowd reaction to CandyMan lyrics
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